Monday, November 20, 2017

A normal day with its ups and downs


A seat to Dermot Morgan of Fr.Ted fame
Back in business.

Avery very rare car  a  Bristol (Google it)
   


Just popping around minding my own business when every parents worst nightmare got into the taxi.
A dug addict!
So you play it by ear, this girl was tripping all the time, talking to herself.
She was tall enough and still had flesh on her bones, teeth rotten from the methadone, talking on and on. "Left here, right there" She brought me up to the flats area of the Coomb, she went to a house and knocked on the door just as the next door neighbor came out, the look of disgust from the people next door said it all. Her brother or who ever came to the door and the expression he gave her said volumes in his looks and silence, then he told her to "Fuck off.".

She was talking all the time barely conscious.. Her eyes going out of focus and opening again.

Don't take it up the wrong way, she could be any of our children.
I just hope this never happens to you or anyone belonging to you.
When she got out she just slammed the door without paying and when I looked down later there was €5 in the cup holder. I know she didn't mean to leave it but it was better €5 for the €9 fair than nothing at all.

She would have seen drugs as she grew up, it's not like she didn't know what would happen to her.

The dealer saw his chance an converted her to the ranks of the living dead.

Still I had other normal people from Boston who made up for it all, even though I brought them to the wrong Hertz car hire!!!!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A walk through Dublin

This is Bram Stoker the author of Dracula

The little museum of Dublin well worth a visit.

Brown Thomas Christmas display


I have a friend who is a taxi driver.
When I see him he says "I think how would my day have turned out if I had turned left instead of right?"
There is a movie called Sliding doors that explores the scenario in great detail.
For myself I take the cards as they come and try to work it all out.
The guy got in on O'Connell St and said Finglas.
As we motored along I said "Is it the village?"
Beside Cappagh hospital he said.
Then we had to ask Mr.Google.
When we arrived he gave me €20 "Wait"

Every taxi driver knows that this is a drug deal going down.
So I turned around and killed the engine and waited.

The security was like a military operation, first of all 2 guys came up.
Then one went away.
Then a car drove past at speed and another  third car made the drop.
He came over and got in. "Right back to the conference center"

You know there is no point in preaching the gospel to him. he has sold his soul and there is no point in taking a bullet in the back of the head from him.

Fuck him I hope he will die screaming for mercy!
The mystery carries on

 So today I took the day off, I got my hair cut, walked over to the Merrion hotel to congratulate the concierge on becoming the best hotel in Dublin
Then over to the MyTaxi HQ with a letter from a very unhappy customer..
She was a nutcase,she even stole my pen. "let me out on the corner" 20 yards further on than a group of people heading for the airport.I circled the block, but they were gone.
The message she gave me  read "Ring me at 8pm Thursday"  Some hope of that happening.

Boys and girls a lot of shops have closed down in the last year or so, 
With soaring rents and wages places are going by the hour. 

Bewleys cafe on Grafton St has re opened  I went there for coffee, A girl asked me if I was looking to be seated. I said no, a take away. 
Then she pointed me to the counter where a guy was buying sticky buns, the choice went on and on.
Decision made the guy looked at me. "I'll be with you in a moment" and he spent forever putting the  buns into a box.
Then it was my turn.  He took the money and told me to stand at the end of the counter.
There was a supervisor type of person there and I asked her if I could had made my order at this end of the counter instead of joining the other queue.
Yes that is the way its done,
Bit the other girl made me join the queue for cakes and wasted 8 minutes.
Even at that the guy knew I only wanted coffee to go, he had asked me.
He could have pressed the button before he loaded up the cake order.
She didn't understand me.

Thank God there are other places to go. 


 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Pity the poor traveller


This place just closed its doors without notice a few weeks ago, a great shop it was.

Irelands biggest Hippocrate, caught hiving money off-shore to avoid tax,

Big guns at the imperial war meusium

30 years since the Enniskillen bombing click here.
Just people remembering those who sacrificed their lives to defeat Hitler and defend freedom.
It is strange how people kill innocent people in the name of their special cause.
The wisdom of it all defies logic.
Whether its in Boston.,Belfast or Beirut.

When you come to stay for a while to visit Ireland you have to prove that you can support yourself for the duration of your stay.
The poor guy that I picked up from Uruguay had come to stay for a few months.
He was moving his base so I popped the seats forward and loaded up all his gear.
He had a tale of woe for sure.
The powers that be want to see real money that you can support yourself during your stay, so he had withdrawn several thousand €uro  in cash to show them.
Now it is not easy to open a bank account so he had the cash on him.
He was robbed, all the money taken.

When we were going over to his new place I noticed that my phone was gone, he rang it for me NO REPLY...So after I dropped him off I retraced my steps, no luck.
Then when I got home my wife was talking to her friend in America on Skype.
I had left it on the table before I left.

Normally I would give him that ride on the house to let him see that there are a few good people around.




Often I stop to tell tourists not to talk on the street with their phone in outstretched hands.

12,000 phones are stolen in Dublin every year !!! 
They think I am mad and they just carry on.



A few months ago I thought how it might be to loose my own fone.
I bought a second hand one and had everything backed up ready to go. 
Not a bad idea at all

If I thought of half the things that happens, or a quarter of the things I am thinking about this blog would span volumes.
So if you are the really cute Brazilian girl. 
Or the nurse from the Philippians, 
Or that really tall French girl.
Or even that funny Greek guy

You are all remembered in my prayers

 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Tango festival coming


Tail of a WW2 German plane, with lots of hits to its credit

An early Google mapping bicycle

Natural history  meusum London


So there I was  at the ferry and a guy walks up to me. "Do you take credit cards?
So I want you to take me to Maynooth."
We had to negotiate with the taxi in front of me.
He was first car so he demanded the job.
Four times we asked him if he took credit cards?
No !
Then he has to come with me.
God but he was an interesting man. He had worked all over the world, involved in positioning oil rigs and drilling platforms, a really clever guy.
During the conversation we spoke about drugs and I told him the drug story I told to Stephen Speilburgh.
Shocking as that story is he topped it.

"My daughter was 16 years old and a rebel, she went to a party and got drunk, while she was in a drunken stupor a drug dealer picked her out and injected her with Heroin, then he raped her and made her pregnant. Her child was the most beautiful person I ever met in my life.
My daughters pain lasted for another 10 years.

Living as a drug addict she overdosed.

I see drugs progress and change and get a bigger grip on humanity.
In the bush kids get hooked on ICE they go from normal people to being robbing prostitutes in a few weeks.

I hope I am wrong but I see an epidemic of drugs wiping out whole continents in the near future"

I hope he is wrong too but society is hollow.
There is very little wholesome thought going on in peoples minds, little loving care happening.

Well I hope we are both wrong. We will see.

Perhaps Mr.President will solve all our problems one way or another.



I am really a simple man, good food, good company, great music and I am happy.
If there is wonderful dancing I am more than happy.
There is an Argentinian tango festival coming to Dublin.http://www.dublintango.com/Click here for details







Look at this for wonderful ease of movement a pure joy to see


Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Life moves on


Poor Anna from Brazil enjoyed Halloween

The house of our presadent

My son carved this pumpkin


Today we had a huge funeral in Clontarf for our 19 year old suicide victim.
All the whys? have been put away as there is no logical solution to what happened..
You could say it is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
All his friends turned up in their hundreds, a very popular boy. Now gone from their company,

God bless you lad may you find peace.

So about work!
The train workers are on strike and it was very briefly mentioned on the radio, foreign people don't listen to the Irish news so they were caught on the hop. 
I managed to pick up 4 different people going in the same direction, as usual they started to argue about how much each person must pay in the end. 
Not fun for sure.
But you can only do one job at a time and the traffic was crap so I gave up early.

A Welsh man off the ferry and I spoke to him about how proud the Welsh are of their language. 
He told me that on the island of Angelsey more than 90% of the people speak Welsh every day.
He also told me that the schools use only Welsh up to the age of 12 years. Then English is introduced. He also told me that in parts of Argentina and Patagonia Welsh is widely spoken..
The poor old Irish language has taken a hammering and is almost gone,

Look at this


The Welsh national anthem is very rousing.


Here is another brilliant safety message from Wales


I have been looking for a line from "View from under a bridge by Arthur Miller"
Its something like a word spoken without thought will take wings.
Those words can never be taken back,
But I bought the play on Amazon and I will look for it. 

Saturday, November 04, 2017

A sad sad day on our street

I bounce around day to day not really thinking about tomorrow until something happens that brings you down to earth with a bang.

On Halloween night a young 19 year old lad hung himself from a tree at the back of his house.

19 is an awkward age, his girlfriend had broken up with him and he snapped.

All the questions why ? why ? why ? In Gods name.

He was on life support for a few days and when it was switched off his organs were harvested.
Some small good for others.

So switch off the computer, the telly, the tablet and the mobile.

I am not saying that he was being bullied on social media, but some kids are unbelievably cruel.
In the USA a 20 year old Michelle Carter was sent to prison for encouraging her x boyfriend to kill himself. A spoiled selfish bitch, the look on her face when she was sentenced is priceless.

Just take time to get to know your kids and your loved ones.
Or go that extra mile with a distressed passenger, suggest they ring the Samaritans..

Ring the Samaritans  116123
Email jo@samaritans.org
text  087 2609090
Or the website  www.dublinsamaritans.ie


Saturday, October 28, 2017

GOTYA





Denis Segrue got into my taxi and I said something which unchained a story of his which was totally incredible.

"If you don't believe me look for the book"
"The Russians are coming" 
I looked it up and whatever the website did it didn't ask for money! 
I dropped a note and a few weeks later the book arrived.
"No charge, thanks for making the effort to look" 

Now you can buy it in Kindle form for 99c.

Here is the plot.
Denis has a business in Russia where he lives with his wife.
He was building a device to measure the strength of radio signals for mobile phone networks and was doing business with US software and electronic companies.
Suddenly some of his contacts dried up, calls were not returned etc.
So he packed his bag and flew over.

He bought some chips and other bits, he checked his paperwork and headed for Shannon to see his Daddy on the way home to Russia.
He was called to First Class and arrested as being a SPY.

"The biggest spy ring uncovered in US history".

The story about who was driving the prosecution, then the cover up and the lies told is entirely beyond belief. 

Then in the end of the book you find who was behind it all.

The best 99c you will ever spend. 

One thing that brings all this to mind is a high court case which is kicking off in Dublin. 
A Mr.Bright who worked for ESB networks was sacked as a threat and  danger to Irish and British power networks was sacked as a threat to security. 
Now in the courts they must prove it. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

No more favours

The casing which covers the battery

Alll the indivual cells linked together


A "Merlin" engine from the science museum

All the cells exposed and each one metered.



A good friend of mine inherited my old Prius, at the time she was having an awful time, her husband had cancer and he died around a year later leaving her with 2 small kids.
I looked after the car since then and it nearly has 400,000 Kms on the clock.
All good until she rang me on my return from London,"John I have a problem the battery is gone in the Prius"
So I asked her to call over and she said she would be there at noon.
I got home and texted her to come as soon as she could.
I rang, no answer.
Finally she rang around 2.30 she rang me to say that she was in Howth.
She had been visiting some Chinese friends who had bought a house for €2 million.
If I gave you a bill for €70 per hour that I was waiting you would not be so happy.
I didn't say much more as I had used the time to steam clean the hall and sitting room.
I checked it and it was the dreaded battery fault.
So I took off my taxi roof sign and gave her the taxi to go home while I took out my spanners and wrenches and stripped the battery down.
When you are not used to doing something it is very hard work.

Really only one faulty cell and it was only 2 volts down.
But I have a plan.
Where all the cells were bonded together there was a lot of corrosion, I will get a small wire brush and copper grease and tighten all the cells back together and see how she behaves.

By the way you are working with 7.5 volts x28 then there is a transformer, so if you are awkward make your will first.

I bought a cell on eBay for €50 but it won;t be here until Tuesday.

I bet you I will solve the problem tomorrow.





Friday, October 20, 2017

Brian the breeze is coming with force 10 gales

A crane is assembled in Dundrum, a delicate balancing act where one wrong move could be a disaster.

The French ambassadors residence

Are you ready for Halloween?

This flying saucer landed on my lawn..There were no survivors 


The wind has risen again, but we will see.

I was loading up my wifes car when a girl from Brazil implored me to take her into town.
Her second day in Ireland.
Fabiola is her name.
She had no contacts here at all so I got her number and I put her in touch with my Brazilian contacts.
You have to sympathize with her, imagine coming here alone from beautiful sunny weather to this windy wet place.

Every day I travel the world, except the world comes to me.
I like this about the new Ireland.
We once had to set sail to travel the world as there was nothing here.
Thank God that I can support my family not like the unfortunate homeless people of Dublin.
Sister Stanislos Kennedy was at an award ceremony yesterday, she along with Fr.McVerry have given their life's work to helping the homeless.
A new scheme has now been put into place called "Home first"
You take the homeless person and house them add supports then you start to treat their addiction .

The waste of life on Dublin streets is a shame.

" Look into the addicts eyes.
What do you see?
The eyes are the window of the soul.
Can you see? Hell!" 

Every taxi driver who has an ounce of compassion has tales of wasted lives.
One guy years ago before mobile fones became popular used to meet the girls at the Spar in Bagott St. He would look after their bags and money. He would be there 3 or 4 times during the night.
Then in the morning he would bring them home.
The tragedy was that his wonderful daughter once became an addict and died alone after a beating.
For him it was a task of redemption, I am sure he helped some of them a lot. 

Perhaps he turned some of their lives around as well.

One thing for sure don't be too fast to judge other people. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Quite a breeze


A girl lies on a surf board as her boyfriend issues orders. I told her if he loved her he would be in the water with her.

The WW2 landing craft prepares to enter the water at Surf Dock

Cranes are back in fashion again

The taxi holding area at the airport stands empty.


The storm came and though it was quite a storm it did not live up to expectations.

The army were on high alert and schools were closed. Operations which were not urgent were postponed to reduce the chances of people being hit by falling trees.

Before the storm hit all the birds went silent and a warm breeze arrived 13C.

In Dublin we had a non event about 6 trees blown down while in Cork and Kerry they had more hardship.

3 people died all over which is bad enough though.

I ventured out and found a girl with a broken arm, she didn't know that her appointment was cancelled.

The other young lady I picked up at Clontarf Garda station.
"Did you escape or did they let you out?"
"Is it that obvious, I was held there all night, they beat me with batons and I think I have a broken rib as well"
You might think that in this modern day and age that they would not behave like this.
I have no doubt that she was beaten. I told her to get a friend over and photograph her bruises and to cover her breasts while taking the photos, not to turn it into a page 3 leering display.

Then go to a doctor and to hospital to have an Xray.
Tell the doctor to make notes and tell the hospital that this will be used in an official complaint.

"Jesus mister you must have been through this yourself"

I said no but it shouldn't happen. A little thing could be subdued without any force and put in restraints.`

"I hope you'r not kinky John, you said that like you knew what you were doing"

A big laugh and a €2 tip and we parted our ways..

So home for breakfast and the buses went off.
Not much was really happening and I went home.

The ferry crossings were suspended as well.
Europe was totally isolated.

Around 5 PM I found out that hundreds of people were stick at the airport and any taxi was welcome to come with or without the airport pass.

I did 3 runs but the tales of woe were non ending.

Click here to read about the Big wind of 1839
This was a pivotal moment in Irish history


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Batten down the hatches

Spiral staircase at the Gibson Hotel

A mural of the man himself

This is Japanese knot weed a very noxious weed.

Everything to one side!
Tomorrow we are expecting the strongest storm since the 60s
I know Mt Trump that you said there is no global warming.
But don't go outside without a hat or you might take off like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz 
All schools closed tomorrow !

Safe travels if you have to go.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Contact Don


 Every taxi should have the seats covered, on a wet day the seats get wet and on a really bad day a lady might pee on the seat.
I had Dons name and I rang him up.
What a fantastic job.
It has added at least €1,000 to the value of my car.
Dons number is 086 3654615
Click here for his website

When you get a good job tell the world!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Scrapyard blues




 I spent most of my morning looking at cars in a scrapyard.
One of my neighbors was rammed on the seafront ! 
The other driver just said "I looked and there was no one coming"
Still no one injured not like the car in the top photo.
I don't know how anyone got out alive.
There is a craze out around Baldoyle of setting fire to cars.
There is a good case for setting up a vigilante group. 
As we drove away the memories of her now defunct car came flooding back. 
"I used to bring Mam out here in the summer, it was a great car" 
Then delayed shock kicked in and the tears and the moaning came, without any reserve. A dam burst of emotions.
Delayed shock.
I saw it once when I was called to the childrens hospital in Crumlin. God there are far worse things in life than loosing a car.

Now the last photo taken from an iconic poster drawn by an Irishman in Kilkee co Clare. 
Its our new stamp.
Che was on a flight from Cuba to Moscow via Shannon and his flight was delayed, so someone brought him on a sightseeing tour. The artist never got a penny for his work.
But thats life.

Any taxi driver can sympathize with me on this one.
A Spanish girl waved me down near the Mosque on the SCR going to the Spire, she was messing with her fone all the time.
"Why are you going this way? Go along the SCR and down Camden St.   Its quicker."
I say that by going down Clanbrassil St I get a bus lane all the way.
Conversation goes back to normal until we reach O'Connell bridge
"There is the 120 bus that I missed. You took me the long way" 
So I asked her if she had taken the reg of the bus?
There is more than one 120 buses you know.
Her bus might be 2 buses behind that one as they have to stop at every stop to pick up people.

You cannot win anyhow, or can you?

The way to deal with this if it is a short journey and you are not too far into it.
"I am sorry that you don't trust me and that you think I am robbing you,
So I am stopping here and you have to get out. 
Get another taxi if you can and I wish you a good day?"

It works really wonders, all the stress gone.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Las Vegas

I was numbed when I heard of the carnage in LasVegas.
Such a sad sad day.
So many lives cut short for no reason.

Perhaps it is time for the people in America to waken up to the stupidity of the present gun laws.

You would think that after all the other times things would change.

I hope that time will heal the pain.
God bless you all.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

As Colombo once said



Just one more thing, As Colombo might say.
I bought 2 cars in Japan and imported them into Ireland, one car had only one key.

I asked around and was told that they were very hard to get.
I contacted my agent in Japan and they gave me a breakdown of €540 or near enough.
This price included a handling fee of €50.
Then there would be cost of shipping and local Irish taxes and no it would not be programmed.

So I soldiered on.

Autokey ! 
This must be the answer to my problem.
I went into their Swords branch where a Polish? guy started to serve me.
Then Darren took over. 
We have those keys on order they should be in next week.

I must have phoned back 10 times, now he called me John when he herd my voice.
Then it was "I will just check, I know they are in and I will ring you right back" 
at least 4 times this happened and he never rang back.

Then one day I rang the other branch.
"No we have no orders in for those keys at all, anyhow, they are not available". 

I was shocked and when I could I went out to Newlands cross to the head office to talk with the boss. 
The key as it turned out was never ordered.
We never got an inquiry for it.
The was no explanation as to why Darren lied to me.

Darren did ring me back later with the most stupid explanation and I wish I had it recorded.

Talking to another driver I found a locksmith in Mullhudart  who said "No problem"
I was away for 4 weeks and when I rang him back he said that my phone was not ringing out for some reason.
"I got that key the next day"

There is no problem getting those Keys Toyota Ireland have them in stock.
So there you have it 
Be sure you have a spare key for these modern cars.
If you loose one it could cost you €3000 to have it re keyed and the locks changed. 

Photo of his shop above. 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Complaints I've had a few


Grapes growing in my brother in-laws hedge in Holland

This is an example of Vllseo fabric

Phillips invented the light bulb and they have a festival of light in Eindhoven Here is a ladu putting in the filament.


 If things go wrong where do you turn?

I lost my glasses, I wasn't blind but they didn't turn up.

So I went to Specsavers in the Omni center.
It cost a few bob, 2 pair of specs plus reading glasses.
The big day came to collect them.
"These don't seem right I said when I put them on."
Its a new perspription you will soon get used to them.
I didn't get used to them and went back.
No way would he entertain me.
There is a big guarantee I said
I foned them to no avail
I wrote to Specsavers in Guernsey and got no reply.
I sent them a registered letter, no joy either.
I was in Blackpool and Specksavers there told me that they would surely help me.

I bought another set of specs in McNallys for around €300

I told my tale to a customer in the taxi and he told me to go straight to the small claims court.
I told Specsavers that we will next meet in court to sort out my problem.
I got a call from the manager in Specsavers in the Omni center.
"What is going on? This matter was taken care of 4 months ago."
How?
He brought me in and checked the glasses.

I kid you not the astigmatism of my eve had changed from right to left to left to right.
The glasses were correct, my eyes had changed.
He just gave me a "Free" pair of glasses.
The fight had gone out of me. I should have gone to court for a full refund..

Then once upon a time I bought myself a new mobile fone in The Car Fone Warehouse in Clearys.
He showed me a Samsung Galixy, really very nice.
"Everything will transfer to the other fone"
So they started to transfer all my photos and information.
After around 20 minutes I went off to get a cup of tea. 
It was still working away when I came back.
"Its done now we had to delete 200 photos to fit everything on to the new fone, but everything is on your old fone ( Except the 200 photos which were still on my Ifone)
Then they gave me the fone and I turned it on.
Where are my Apps?
The apps don't transfer from Apple to Samsung.
But you said 
"Everything will transfer to the other fone"
Apps don't transfer from one to the other. 
The deal is off so.
The manager said "Once the seal on the box is broken there is no going back". 
I wrote to the company 4 times including once to their solicitors on Mount St.
A lovely lady rang me to say I could download all my apps from the net.
When I said that my Hailo logs would be lost she just ignored me.

My son got a new fone.

A customer told me that I had a good case for contacting Comreg.

They sold you that fone just because the commission was better.




So big companies will tell you to fuck off when you need help.

But I will not be using Ryanair for the forcible future.

Or the Carefone warehouse

Or Specsavers for sure.

Too big to care just right to fail !!!!

When we were in Holland there was a design student staying in the house,

Did you ever see an African lady dressed up to go to church?
Chances were that her bright dress was printed in Holland by an old Dutch family called Vllisco (click on the name)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Video interlude

 A few weeks ago I had to go to the airport to try and recover a Chinese mans lost luggage.
The inertia and "Not my job" attitude shocked me.

Then I saw this well made video that framed the situation perfectly




Incredible episode of Judge Judy



Taxi drivers have life changing things happen to them. Here is one



 This is a taxi driver from Chicago
Listen to his story.





Perhaps I should put in a few cameras and become the Irish Cash Cab


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Magic moment....... Almost



I liked Barcelona a lot, I would like to spend a month there.
There was a magic shop in the middle of Barcelona, the oldest one in Europe they said.
I went there twice, the first time a guy was trying to make up his mind as to which deck of cards he would buy? He couldn't decide and the lady behind the counter didn't suggest that she would attend to the two other people waiting.
I had a fantastic magic trick which is so different that I thought she might be amused and put it into production. No patience, I went.
On Sunday we went back as we wanted to visit the Picasso museum (It was really good) 

He was setting up shop and I showed it to him.
Do you know how it works?
Svengalli !!
No I said,
Rough and smooth?
No 
Then he said long and short, (Its not) So I just said you're right and went.

I will try to record it and show you,
You will be amazed..

So popping around the place and 3 Syrian guys jumped in.
Where are you going?
They hold up a mobile fone with tiny letters,
I can't read it its too small.

I did hear a place followed by Tallagh.
So I headed off.
I sensed that there was something up and I asked the guy on the front seat to put in on my google maps.
Shit it was weird !
Took me up towards Harrolds cross then turn around to go on the canal...
Sat navs never err????
Then out the Naas duel carriageway then on to the M50.

Then it hit me they were going to Charlestown in Finglas,,,

Look lads, this is a mistake. 
Not mine and not yours. 
To make it right I will turn off the meter and just charge you €25.. 

We all make mistakes that is why God puts a rubber on the end of a pencil.

Lads practice saying Cherlestown Finglas for the next time

My son gave me a poem it could be every taxi drivers prayer.

Click here   


OK here is one of the nicest guys in Magic. I have met him 4 times and he is fantastic

And a really great magician.
What do you think ? 



 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Been there done that.

 Y
The photo thing is still a mess 
 
I'm back, I did 2 jobs today and tomorrow I will work for a full day.

Its really great how we can hop around Europe thanks to Ryanair.

Except Ryanair really let down their customers in a super spectacular fashion this week.

Thousands left stranded!

So if it it happens to you, go to a railway station and buy a Eurail pass It will take you right across Europe by train in a few hours. It was the way to go in the 80s and its still good.

There is also a European bus network!!!

Big news from London Uber is being kicked out.
Security is the issue, things happened and were not reported to the Police.
Then there was the vetting process.
I had a few people in my taxi who told me about Uber very scary stories.

An app for calling a licensed taxi is one thing

Calling Joe Bloggs just out of prison in an unlicenced car which is also not insured as a taxi is another completely different thing.

Back again soon

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Netherlands

"Where are we honey?"
"Why its Thursday, we must be in Rome." 

Tomorrow is Thursday and I am in Holland.

Business, "What kind of business?"
"Mind your own business kind of business" 

So there is a photo behind the bar in Clearys pub in Aimiens St. (Best pint of Guinness)
I looked at it and the barman laughed at me.
"Don't tell me that you don't recognize Luke Kelly?"
Probably 18 years old no beard, a true folk hero, a fantastic photo.
Worth a look if you are a fin in Aimiens St.


A good few years ago I got a job to Phil Coulters house in Bray.
As I was handing over the parcel I saw Phils piano in the sitting room.
I asked and I was told that this was his one and only and original piano.  
"Could I please put my hand on it?"
She obliged and I really felt the energy from what this tool had produced such great songs,
With a little help from Mr.Coulter.

Coulter had a downs syndrome child and he wrote this song and he insisted that Luke sang it.

 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The big day out






I don't know how many cars turned up but I would say that it was well over 300 taxis.
We went out to gather up our charges with their minders and we went into Parnell Sq. to meet the Garda band. Then with Garda escort we whizzed through the city center out to the Leapordstown racecourse to dance to a disco with chicken nuggets and lots of lemonade..
Then we gather them up and bring them back to their care homes.

These "Kids "live in long term care homes.
With my hand on my heart I bless them all and I hope that God will forgive me for bitching about my grumbles.

When I dropped off my charges off I turned on my "MyTaxi" app and it was like I had hit the jackpot.
Just one job after another.
So good night sweet people sweet dreams. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Tomorrow Tomorrow

Tomorrow is a special day.
The taxi drivers special day out!

Be there or be square !


Me!
I came back from Barcelona last night 5 hours late!
We love to travel and hate the delays.
I won't go into it but it took the airport people 3 hours to find a wheelchair to remove a passinger who had taken ill before we were allowed to load.
Thank God it wasn't a fire as it may have taken them a day to find Hose A and Hose B.

What a city such great planning.
Our trip from the airport by coach, over 50 kms  and we never met a traffic light.
By the way taxis are cheap and seem to be run well.




Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Schools are back

The lions at Clontarf Castle are waiting

The gasometer down at Google

I just thought I would stick in a video clip.
If it works I will give you more.

Well it came all too fast, summers over and the swallows will soon be gone.
I was in Holland a while ago and now I am off to Barcelona for my break.

While I am gone behave yourselves.

On Sept 12th the taxi drivers big day out takes place.
This year take part..Ring 087 1213344
or 086 3701215  Its the very best thing 
you could do.  
An unlikely lady in the car the other day, she is devorsed from her husband and the row over property
and other assets from the marriage.
 "He was and is a bully, so ind I went to a solisator who was recommended. After a while waiting she came in in a sharply cut suit and stiletto shoes and fishnet stockings. All she was short of was the whip to put manners on the bastard.
I had found my warrior" It should be an interesting battle.
"He was Ok until I found my present partner Antonio an Italian, romantic and passionate.
It was like trading in a Fiat Panda and getting a top sports car, Tom is really scared of him which is great" 
I wished her well for the future. 

I met a senior driver the other day. New 2017 car as well.
He didn't exactly land on his feet though.
He was coming along on the motorway when the car in front of him stopped dead.
He had no brake light warning  and he smashed into it. Both cars a write off.
The insurance company said that the taxi was at fault as he should have had a longer stopping distance...
I wouldn't like to be paying his insurance.
Then he found that he had bowel cancer, it has been a long road back to work.

He had one of the strangest things happen to him a few years ago,
Someone won €9 million in his area and the press were snooping around the shop looking for the winner. He went into the shop for a pack of mints and a young lad said. 
"Hey mister did you win the Lotto?" 
He said yea sure I did and then the press landed on his door and hounded him for months,
So be sure to keep it under your hat,